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Indiana University
Indiana University seal.svg
Latin: Indianensis Universitas
MottoLux et Veritas
(Light and Truth)
TypePublic university system
EstablishedJanuary 20, 1820; 201 years ago (1820-01-20)
Academic affiliations
  • AAU
  • ORAU
  • URA
  • Space-grant
Endowment$2.43 billion (2020)[1]
PresidentMichael McRobbie
Academic staff
8,733 university-wide[2]
Students110,436 university-wide[2]
Undergraduates89,176 university-wide[2]
Postgraduates21,260 university-wide[2]
Bloomington, Indiana
Indianapolis, Indiana

39°10′N 86°30′W / 39.167°N 86.500°W / 39.167; -86.500Coordinates: 39°10′N 86°30′W / 39.167°N 86.500°W / 39.167; -86.500
Campus3,640 acres (14.7 km2) across 9 campuses[2]
ColorsCream and Crimson    
MascotReferred to as "The Hoosiers"
Indiana University logotype.svg
Indiana University is located in Indiana
IU Bloomington
IU Bloomington
IU East
IU East
IU Fort Wayne
IU Fort Wayne
IU Kokomo
IU Kokomo
IU Northwest
IU Northwest
IU South Bend
IU South Bend
IU Southeast
IU Southeast
Indiana University locations
A hand-written document
The State Seminary Act, passed by Indiana's General Assembly on January 20, 1820 to establish Indiana University.

Indiana University (IU) is a major multicampus public research institution, grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, and a world leader in professional, medical, and technological education. Indiana University’s mission is to provide broad access to undergraduate and graduate education for students throughout Indiana, the United States, and the world, as well as outstanding academic and cultural programs and student services.[3]


Indiana University has two core campuses, five regional campuses, and two regional centers under the administration of IUPUI. Each one of the institutions is an accredited, four-year degree-granting institution.

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IU Bloomington) is the flagship campus of Indiana University.[4] The Bloomington campus is home to numerous premier Indiana University schools, including the College of Arts and Sciences, the Jacobs School of Music, an extension of the Indiana University School of Medicine, the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, which includes the former School of Library and Information Science (now Department of Library and Information Science), School of Optometry, the O'Neil School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the Maurer School of Law, the School of Education, and the Kelley School of Business.[5]
  • Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), a partnership between Indiana and Purdue universities, is Indiana’s urban research and academic health sciences campus.[6] Located just west of downtown Indianapolis, it is the central location of several Indiana University schools, including the primary campus of the School of Medicine, the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, the School of Informatics and Computing, the School of Dentistry, the Kelley School of Business, the School of Nursing, the O'Neil School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the School of Social Work, the Herron School of Art and Design, the world’s first School of Philanthropy, and the Robert H. McKinney School of Law.[7]

In addition to its core campuses, Indiana University comprises seven extensions throughout Indiana:[8]

  • Indiana University East (IU East) is located in Richmond.
  • Indiana University Kokomo (IU Kokomo) is located in Kokomo.
  • Indiana University Northwest (IU Northwest) is located in Gary.
  • Indiana University South Bend (IU South Bend) is located in South Bend.
  • Indiana University Southeast (IU Southeast) is located in New Albany.
  • Indiana University – Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) is located in Columbus.
  • Indiana University Fort Wayne (IU Fort Wayne) is located in Fort Wayne. It was established in 2018 after the dissolution of the former entity Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), which had been an extension similar to that of IUPUI under the administration of Purdue University. IU Fort Wayne took over IPFW's academic programs in health sciences, with all other IPFW academic programs taken over by the new entity, Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW).

Indiana University School of Medicine, School of Social Work has degree programs running across IU campuses.[9][10] Indiana University Kelley School of Business, School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, O'Neil School of Public and Environmental Affairs, School of Education has degree programs running at both Indiana University Bloomington (IU Bloomington) and Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campuses.[11][12][13] Indiana University School of Nursing has degree programs running at IUB, IUPUI, and IU Fort Wayne campuses.[14]


According to the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), the value of the endowment of the Indiana University and affiliated foundations in 2016 is over $1.986 billion.[15] The annual budget across all campuses totals over $3 Billion.[16]

The Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation (IURTC) is a not-for-profit agency that assists IU faculty and researchers in realizing the commercial potential of their discoveries. Since 1997, university clients have been responsible for more than 1,800 inventions, nearly 500 patents, and 38 start-up companies.[17]

In the 2016 Fiscal Year alone, the IURTC was issued 53 U.S. patents and 112 global patents.[18]

Notable alumni

Suzanne Collins (1985), Author of the Hunger Games series
  • Laura Aikin – operatic coloratura soprano
  • Howard Ashman – Oscar-winning playwright and lyricist, known for The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast
  • Trigger Alpert – Jazz bassist for the Glenn Miller Orchestra
  • OG Anunoby – Professional basketball player, currently playing for the Toronto Raptors
  • Emilie Autumn – Violinist and singer
  • Agnes Nebo von Ballmoos – Liberian ethnomusicologist, choral conductor, composer
  • Jonathan Banks — actor
  • Joshua Bell – Grammy Award-winning violinist and conductor
  • Howard Biddulph - political scientist specializing in the Soviet Union
  • Thomas Bryant – Professional basketball player, currently playing for the Washington Wizards
  • Meg Cabot – Author of The Princess Diaries series, The Mediator series, and stand-alone novels.
  • Ranveer Singh – Bollywood actor
  • Hoagy Carmichael – Composer, pianist, singer, actor, and bandleader
  • John T. Chambers – Chairman and former CEO of Cisco Systems
  • Calbert Cheaney - Professional basketball player and assistant coach
  • Nicole Chevalier – Operatic soprano
  • Sougwen Chung – Multidisciplinary visual and performance artist
  • Alton Dorian Clark (known by stage name Dorian) – Hip-hop recording artist and record producer
  • Sarah Clarke - Actress
  • Pamela Coburn (born 1959), soprano
  • Suzanne Collins – Author of The Underland Chronicles and The Hunger Games trilogy
  • Mark Cuban – Owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks
  • J. Lee – Lt. Cmdr. John LaMarr. The Orville and The Lion King (2019 film)
  • John Cynn – Professional poker player. 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Champion.
  • Mary Czerwinski – Computer scientist at Microsoft Research and Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery
  • Alex Dickerson (born 1990) – baseball player
  • Colin Donnell - Actor and singer
  • Thomas P. Dooley – author, minister and research scientist
  • Judith Lynn Ferguson, author of 65 cookery related books, cookery editor of Woman's Realm women's magazine, and Head of Diploma Course at Le Cordon Bleu- London
  • Matt Fields – Fashion designer – Founder of street wear brand Dope Couture
  • George Goehl – Community organizer, activist and executive director of People's Action
  • Neil Goodman – Sculptor and educator
  • Eric Gordon – Professional basketball player, currently playing for the Houston Rockets
  • Hardy - Country music singer and songwriter
  • Michael D. Higgins – 9th President of Ireland
  • Jordan Howard – Professional Football Player
  • Lissa Hunter – Artist
  • Jamie Hyneman – Host of the television series MythBusters
  • Narendra Jadhav – Economist, educationist, and writer
  • Richard G. Johnson – Acting Science Adviser to Ronald Reagan (1986), physics professor at University of Bern, and manager of the Space Sciences Laboratory of University of California – Berkeley.[19]
  • William E. Jenner – Indiana state senator and U.S. Senator
  • Jason Jordan – Professional wrestler
  • Nina Kasniunas – Political scientist, author, and professor
  • E.W. Kelley – Businessman; former chairman of Steak 'n Shake restaurants
  • Kevin Kline — actor
  • Judith McCulloh – Folklorist, ethnomusicologist, and university press editor
  • Sylvia McNair – singer
  • Kristin Merscher – pianist; professor at the Hochschule für Musik Saar
  • Christopher Mattheisen – American-Hungarian businessman, historian, economist, CEO of Magyar Telekom
  • Ryan Murphy – Film and TV screenwriter, director, and producer
  • Gregory Nagy – Classical scholar at Harvard University
  • Victor Oladipo – Professional basketball player, currently playing for the Miami Heat
  • Jane Pauley – Journalist, TV anchor on CBS This Morning
  • Straight No Chaser – A cappella group
  • Ernie Pyle - Pulitzer Prize Winning American Journalist
  • Mike Pence – 48th Vice President of the United States; 50th Governor of Indiana
  • Catt Sadler – TV personality for E! News
  • Jay Schottenstein – CEO of Schottenstein Stores
  • Kyle Schwarber – Professional baseball player, currently with the Chicago Cubs
  • Will Shortz - N. Y. Times crossword puzzle editor
  • Tavis Smiley – Host of The Tavis Smiley Show; author
  • James B. Smith – Dean of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics at Southern New Hampshire University; former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
  • Sage Steele - Sports Anchor for ESPN’s SportsCenter
  • Brad Stephens – former Australian rules football player
  • Jeri Taylor – Television screenwriter and producer
  • Miles Taylor, GOP staffer who made an anti-Trump ad for Republican Voters Against Trump
  • Randy Tobias – Former Administrator of USAID; former CEO of Eli Lilly & Company
  • Isiah Thomas – Professional basketball player and coach
  • Michael E. Uslan – Producer of the Batman films and first instructor to teach an accredited course on comic book folklore at a university
  • Noah Vonleh – Professional basketball player, currently playing for the Portland Trail Blazers
  • Jimmy Wales – Entrepreneur; co-founder of Wikipedia
  • James Watson – Molecular biologist, geneticist, and zoologist
  • Cody Zeller – Professional basketball player, currently playing for the Charlotte Hornets
  • Mina Starsiak Hawk—co-owner of Two Chicks and a Hammer Inc. and co-host of HGTV’s Good Bones

Notable faculty

  • Asher Cohen - psychologist and President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Daniel P. Friedman - professor of Computer Science
  • Ronald A. Hites - chemist
  • Elinor Ostrom - Nobel laureate and political economist
  • Richard DiMarchi - chairman in Biomolecular Sciences and professor of Chemistry



Indiana University has three medals to recognize individuals.[20]

  • The University Medal, the only IU medal that requires approval from the Board of Trustees, was created in 1982 by then IU President John W. Ryan and is the highest award bestowed by the University. It honors individuals for singular or noteworthy contributions, including service to the university and achievement in arts, letters, science, and law. The first recipient was Thomas T. Solley, former director of the IU Art Museum.[20][21]
  • Indiana University President's Medal for Excellence honors individuals for distinction in public service, service to Indiana University, achievement in a profession, and/or extraordinary merit and achievement in the arts, humanities, science, education, and industry.[20] The first recipients were member of the Beaux Arts Trio on September 20, 1985.
  • Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion "recognizes individuals who are shining examples of the values of IU and the universal academic community." President Ryan was the first to award this honor. It was first awarded to the president of Nanjing University on July 21, 1986. It honors individuals for distinction in public office or service, a significant relationship to Indiana University or Indiana, significant service to IU programs, students, or faculty, significant contribution to research or support for research.[20]

Indiana University has several ways to recognize the accomplishments of faculty.[22]

  • Distinguished Professorships – Indiana University's most prestigious academic appointment
  • University Distinguished Teaching Awards – recognizing "shining examples of dedication and excellence"
  • Thomas Ehrlich Award for Excellence in Service Learning – recognizing excellence in service-learning. The recipient is also the IU nominee for the national Campus Compact Thomas Ehrlich Award for Service Learning.


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e "2011–12 IU Factbook". Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana). Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  3. ^ "Mission Statement".
  4. ^ "Find the ideal college experience at Indiana University". Indiana University Bloomington. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  5. ^ "Schools". Indiana University Bloomington. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Vision & Mission: About". IUPUI. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  7. ^ "Schools: Academics". IUPUI. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  8. ^ Regional Campus Agreement
  9. ^ "Statewide Campuses | IU School of Medicine". Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  10. ^ "About IUSSW | Indiana University School of Social Work | IUPUI Indianapolis". Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  11. ^ "About Us". Kelley School of Business. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  12. ^ "Vision & Mission: About: Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering: Indiana University Bloomington". Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  13. ^ "About Us". Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  14. ^ "Celebrating 100+ years of nursing education". School of Nursing. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  15. ^ "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2016 Endowment Market Value and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY2015 to FY2016" (PDF). NACUBO and Commonfund Institute. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-15. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
  16. ^ "Fast Facts about IU".
  17. ^ "The Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation (IURTC)".
  18. ^ "IU Fast Facts (See: #5)".
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-05-01. Retrieved 2018-05-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^ a b c d "Medals". Indiana University Office of University Ceremonies. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  21. ^ "IU President McRobbie presents University Medal to Elinor and Vincent Ostrom". Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  22. ^ "Medals". Indiana University Office of University Ceremonies. Retrieved 2010-02-20.

Further reading

  • Capshew, James H. Herman B Wells: The Promise of the American University (Indiana University Press, 2012) 460 pp (excerpt and text search)
  • Clark, Thomas D. Indiana University, Midwest Pioneer, Volume I: The Early Years (1970)
  • Clark, Thomas D. Indiana University: Midwestern Pioneer, Vol II In Mid-Passage (1973)
  • Clark, Thomas D. Indiana University: Midwestern Pioneer: Volume III/ Years of Fulfillment (1977) covers 1938–68 with emphasis on Wells.
  • Gray, Donald J., ed. The Department of English at Indiana University, Bloomington, 1868–1970 (1974)
  • Gros Louis, Kenneth., "Herman B Wells and the Legacy of Leadership at Indiana University" Indiana Magazine of History (2007) 103#3 pp 290–301 online

Primary sources

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Edited: 2021-06-18 14:11:37